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heavy rain and melting snow trigger widespread flooding in the midwest. and the kennedy files. revealing new information about the late ted kennedy. this is the "cbs morning news" the late ted kennedy. this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, march 1st, 2011. captioning funded by cbs good morning and thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. the international community is tightening the noose around gadhafi. the u.s. says all options are on the table. meanwhile gadhafi is striking back in force. they attacked rebel troops in the two major cities closest to the capital using tanks and anti-aircraft guns. overnight government troops tried to retake zawiya, but rebel troops held their ground. >> reporter: as the blood shed
in libya moves into another day, the tone in washington has turned decidedly sharper. the white house is now clearly ratcheting up the pressure on gadhafi to step down. troops loyal to moammar gadhafi are fighting to take back territory now in rebel hands. amateur video captured this firefight between pro and anti-government forces in libya's third largest city. the uprising that began last month poses the biggest threat yet to gadhafi, his bloody crackdown has reportedly left hundreds, possibly thousands, dead. still, in an interview with christianne amanpour of abc news gadhafi laughed off calls for him to step down and denied using force against his own people. >> they love me all my people with me. they love me all. >> but if they love you -- >> they will die to protect me, my people. >> reporter: gadhafi's comments immediately drew outrage from u.s. officials and some of the harshest criticism yet, they
called him delusional. >> when he can laugh in talking to an international journalist while he is slaughtering his own people, it only underscores how unfit he is to lead and how disconnected he is from reality. >> reporter: the white house is keeping up the pressure on gadhafi to resign. american warships and planes have moved closer to libya. the treasury department has frozen $30 billion in libyan assets and there may be more to come. secretary of state hillary clinton warned gadhafi to surrender now without further violence or delay. she says the u.s. is keeping all options on the table, among them a possible no fly zone that would prevent libya from bombing its own citizens. now, the u.s. has hinted it may accept a deal where gadhafi voluntarily exiles to another country, but, betty, it does look like gadhafi just continues to vow to fight on. >> all right, susan mcginnis in washington for us. thank you for that report. and there are unconfirmed
reports that iran has arrested two senior opposition leaders. the two men and their families were taken to a prison in tehran according to a reformist website. a semiofficial government news agency denied the report. the two had been under house arrest since february 14th. now to new zealand where officials say as many as 240 people may have died in a massive earthquake a week ago. this morning new zealand marked the time the quake hit with a moment of silence. a national state of emergency remains in effect. the quake may have done as much as $15 billion in damage. in this country, some dangerous midwest weather to tell you about. in ohio, all 88 counties are threatened by flooding. heavy rain and high wind soaked the region. in findlay, the water is expected to be 6 1/2 feet above flood level, but that's not all. a tornado touched down south of columbus.
>> my son's here and i had the outside lights on and he said, mom, the bins are gone, the barn's gone, the roof's gone, you know. so, yeah. i knew it was bad then. >> tornadoes also hit kentucky, indiana and illinois. now to washington and efforts to overt a government shutdown. the house is expected to vote today on a two week extension of the current funding measure. that bill runs out on friday. the extension cuts the budget by $4 billion and gives lawmakers more time to come up with a funding plan for the rest of the fiscal year. the senate is likely to go along. in wisconsin today, governor scott walker officially presents his budget proposal for the next two years. it includes a proposal to end nearly all union bargaining rights for state employees, a plan which has prompted two weeks of protests and contentious debate. randall pinkston has more. >> reporter: protests are going strong for a third week outside the wisconsin capitol. where no new entry is permitted.
protesters say they believe governor walker is trying to limit their numbers before his budget unveiling tuesday. >> what appears to be going on here is that he's really trying to crush the unions. >> reporter: the budget includes a controversial move to end collective bargaining rights for most public employees. >> the facts are the law is on our side. we have a right to do this through the statutes. >> reporter: governor walker also warned the 14 missing democratic senators that if they don't return tuesday, they will cost the state $165 million in bond refinancing. the fight in wisconsin is symbolic of fiscal problems facing states across the country. but state leaders and the public seem to disagree on the solution. according to a new cbs news/"new york times" poll, 56% of americans say they oppose cutting the pay and benefits of public workers to reduce state budget deficits. and even more, 60% oppose taking away collective bargaining rights.
in fact, more americans say they would support a tax increase over a reduction in pay for public workers. the findings were surprising to new jersey governor chris christie. >> i'm the governor, i think i have a better idea on public opinion than cbs news does. if not, katie couric should run. >> reporter: but it's the voters opinions that count the most. randall pinkston, cbs news, madison, wisconsin. for the first time since the bp oil spill, federal government regulators have approved a deep water drilling permit in the gulf of mexico southeast of louisiana's mississippi river delta. it is in 6500 feet of water, deeper than the bp well that caused last year's disaster. in southern brazil, disturbing video of a driver running down dozens of cyclists. the car barreled through the activists who were riding slowly down a street friday. no one was killed, but about 40 people were hurt.
the driver may be charged with attempted murder. on the cbs "moneywatch," stocks in asia spiked higher again this morning. ashley morrison is here in new york with the latest on that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, asian markets got a boost from foreign investors. the nikkei rose more than 1% while the hang seng added a fraction. today wall street gets february auto sales numbers and hears from ben bernanke on capitol hill. on monday, stocks finished higher after oil prices stabilized. the dow gained 96 points while the nasdaq added 1. those gains closed out the third straight up month for stocks pushed higher by strong corporate earnings and a string of mergers. for february, the dow gained 2.8%, the nasdaq 3% and the s&p 500 3.2%. the white house is urging congress to move on mortgage finance reform. timothy geithner will ask lawmakers to approve legislation overhauling fannie mae and freddie mac within two years.
they own or guarantee half of u.s. mortgages but they nearly collapsed in 2008 and have only survived since on a steady diet of taxpayer aid. consumer reports has named japanese automakers honda, subaru and toyota the best all-around carmakers for the third year in a row. in its annual car issue, the magazine also said ford improved the most since last year. chrysler came in last with gm close to the bottom. and the magazine also had harsh words for the new chevy volt saying the hybrid car, quote, doesn't make a lot of sense. according to the review, the volt isn't very efficient as either an electric or gas powered vehicle and is twice as expensive as the toyota prius, but it's not all bad news. the magazine praises its power and says the car is nicely equipped. and it's time to say good-bye to the floppy disk. sony which owns most of what's left of the market says it will stop selling the disks later this month. as recently as 2002, they sold
47 million of them, but technology soon passed them by as dvds, flash cards and usb drives took over. and it's hard to keep up with technology these days. >> i don't know the last time i used a floppy disk. maybe like ten years ago. >> right. >> goodness. okay, ashley joining us live. thank you for that walk down memory lane. just ahead on the "morning news," a cancer warning for men linked to hpv. plus, confessions from the two suspects in the kidnapping of california girl jaycee dugard. you're watching the "cbs morning news." you're watching the "cbs morning news." it was a mystery to me. i found out that connected to our muscles are nerves that send messages through the body. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia, thought to be the result of overactive nerves that cause chronic, widespread pain. lyrica is believed to calm these nerves. i learned lyrica can provide significant relief from fibromyalgia pain. and with less pain, i can do more of what matters to me. [ female announcer ] lyrica is not for everyone. lyrica may cause serious allergic reactions
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case of jaycee dugard who was held captive in northern california. the couple accused of abducting her has confessed. phillip and nancy garrido appeared monday in court. afterward nancy's lawyer disclosed the confessions saying he hoped for a merciful plea deal that would send her to prison for no more than 20 or 30 years. >> unfortunately, the quality of mercy is strained in eldorado county, so as of the moment, the current offer is 241 years eight months to life. >> the attorney says nancy garrido never sexually abused dugard, but does admit she was the one who actually dragged the girl into a car back in 1991. in health news, a new report shows half the men in this country are infected with a virus that causes cervical cancer in women and other forms of cancer in both sexes. kendis gibson has that story.
>> reporter: it's the most common sexually transmitted infection, but many men and women who have the human papillomavirus or hpv don't even know they have it. have you ever been tested for yourself? >> no. >> i have not. haven't had the time or would think i would have it. >> reporter: a new study looked at more than 1,000 men and found approximately half are infected with hpv. the virus is primarily known for causing cervical cancer in women. but it also causes genital warts and several kinds of cancers in men. >> it causes cancer in the mouth, at the base of tongue and tonsils, it causes penile cancer and it causes anal cancer. >> reporter: about 20 million americans have hpv. most of the time it clears up on its own. only a small percentage of infections progress to cancer. about 32,000 a year. because hpv is responsible for 12,000 cases of cervical cancer a year, the government recommends that girls as young as 11 years old get vaccinated for the virus. the vaccine is also available for boys and men, but it's not
recommended for them as yet. experts say this study may help change that. >> we have clear evidence from published studies now that hpv vaccination in males will prevent infection and cancer. >> reporter: doctors hope the results will be a wake-up call for more people to get tested. kendis gibson, cbs news, los angeles. jane russell who began as a world war ii pinup girl and became a major star in hollywood has died. she was the vamp whose first movie shocked censors in 1943. she went on to be paired up with marilyn monroe in gentlemen prefer blonds. her bad girl career even included a 3d musical in 1954. >> that was a charming introduction, but it doesn't move me. and i want to go. boys? ♪ >> jane russell died monday at
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they beat number 7, texas. 75-70. it is the fifth straight win for kansas state. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories and the senator's secrets. newly released files paint an unflattering picture of the late ted kennedy. unflattering picture of the late ted kennedy. of our now thicker, richer, healthy sauce. new ragu has a great taste your family will love. ragu. feed our kids well. all you expect from the number-one recommended detergent by dermatologists. all free clear is free of dyes and perfumes. and has powerful stainlifters to help get your whole wash clean. it's all good. ♪ everywhere i go... ♪ i'll pass it on, ♪ and on...and on...and on... edible arrangements. happiness is always in season.
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on the "cbs morning news," here is a look at today's weather. florida will see more showers, but those will go quickly. in the northwest, there will be a few more days of rain on the coast and snow in the mountains. and sunny skies stretch from california to the midwest and up to canada. here's another look at this morning's top stories. forces loyal to moammar gadhafi have launched attacks against rebel troops. gadhafi claims the libyan people
love him and would die for him. and following two weeks of protests and debate, governor scott walker unveils his budget today. it calls for major cuts and union give backs. newly released fbi files show embarrassing details about the late ted kennedy. it took a legal fight to get the 50-year-old documents made public. the file contends that kennedy arranged to rent a brothel in chile in 1961 before he ran for the senate. reporter john keller of our boston station wbz reports. >> reporter: ted kennedy declaring victory in his first run for senate, wife joan by his side. but barely 16 months before, ted was touring latin america without joan and allegedly without scruples. this fbi report on that trip was initially released with most details blacked out. only now have the blanks been filled in with claims that kennedy made arrangements to rent a brothel in chile for a night. and invited a u.s. embassy chauffeur to party with him there. >> we had to sue and we kept on
pushing as to why certain information was being withheld. >> reporter: documents show there was pressure from the kennedys to suppress the report, not the first time they've tried to squelch unflattering information about the family. but with ted now gone, you wonder, do we really need to hear 50-year-old dirt about him? journalism professor dan kennedy of northeastern is from the opposite end of the political spectrum from the right leaning judicial watch. >> the freedom of information act certainly says that they should be public. and usually people have to fight tooth and nail to get those documents out. >> that was wbz's john keller reporting. i'm betty nguyen. this is the "cbs morning news." this is the c"cbs morning news." there's the life you live... and the life you want to live. fortunately there's enbrel. enbrel can help relieve pain, stiffness, fatigue,
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mice and men. on monday, police say the pizzeria owner walked in to a competitor's pizza jointed and planted a bag of mice under a ceiling tile in the bathroom. cops followed him to another nearby pizza restaurant where he allegedly put another bag of mice in the garbage can. >> look in there, it's a bag of mice. in the trash can. he's out of his mind. he lost his mind. >> it's believed the suspect wanted to sabotage his competitors. he faces charges of harassment and animal cruelty. actor charlie sheen has escalated his war of words over the shutdown of his tv show. he's threatened a lawsuit, demanded a pay raise, and claims to have won some payments for the show's crew. sheen was interviewed last night on cnn's "piers morgan tonight" and defended his hard partying lifestyle. >> i don't feel like they still have a right to interfere in my personal life. i really don't feel like -- i don't do it in theirs. >> sandra hughes has more.
>> reporter: charlie sheen seems agitated and angry in two interviews over the weekend. >> do you owe cbs an apology? >> no. they owe me a big one. publicly. while licking my feet. >> reporter: in an interview with abc news, the troubled actor vows to sue cbs for canceling the rest of the season of his show "two and a half men." sheen isn't apologizing for his behavior and insists he's now only high on life, not drugs. >> yeah, i am on a drug, it's called charlie sheen. it's not available because if you try it once, you will die. >> reporter: sheen also says despite cbs' decision to halt production of his show, that he'll still show up here to work and now sheen's publicist has quit. sheen pleaded no contest to spousal abuse after a 2009 incident in aspen with his third wife. he was with a porn star when he trashed a new york hotel room
last fall. his second wife and their children were in a nearby room. last month, sheen was hospitalized after a night of partying. cbs put his show on hiatus and then sheen went on the attack making comments about the show's creator that some called anti-semitic. sheen says he isn't anti-semitic and if cbs wants him back, he wants a raise. >> it's 3 mill an episode, take it or leave it. >> reporter: he's already the highest tv actor making $1.8 million an episode. cbs says it isn't commenting on charlie sheen for now. sandra hughes, cbs news, los angeles. coming up later on "the early show," beware of bad gold. its price may be soaring, but are you getting what you paid for. tips to avoid getting ripped off. also, an interview with the cast of the broadway show spiderman turns off the dark as it gets ready for opening night. and actor thomas gibson of the hit cbs drama "criminal minds" stops by. that's the "cbs morning news" for this tuesday. thanks for watching. i'm betty nguyen.